FOLBA out meeting the community at Pet Supplies Plus 1 Year Anniversary

On Saturday May 1st Friends of Long Beach Animals was out at the Los Altos Pet Supplies Plus helping the pet store celebrate their 1 year anniversary.

Along with Long Beach Animal Care Services, FOLBA was meeting members of the community and sharing information about their mission.   Some video recording from the Pawz TV crew was also happening and a video of the event is expected to be released soon.

One of the highlights of the event was their new puppy mascot, yet un-named.   FOLBA is having a contest to help name the critter and and voting options will be posted soon on social media.

Special thanks to Pet Supplies Plus for hosting and the community for stopping by and giving generous donations to Friends of Long Beach Animals.

Photos courtesy of Jack Ryan.

 

Long Beach auto dealership gives a lift to longtime local animal-welfare organization

By Kate Karp

Friends of Long Beach Animals (FOLBA), Long Beach’s most venerable animal-welfare organization, was happy to receive a whole lotta love on Tuesday, April 27, when Timmons Subaru presented them with a check for $37,447.40.

Subaru of America’s Share the Love events are designed to pay it forward to local and national communities. Over the past 13 years, the dealership has given more than $200 million to national charitable organizations such as Meals on Wheels America  and the National Parks Foundation and to local ones. Timmons Share the Love efforts have included distribution of personal protective equipment to local small businesses, providing toys for children at MemorialCare Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, and giving funds to local charities. In the space of two months—November through December 2020—the recent Share the Love event collected enough money to make the ride a lot smoother for FOLBA and Honoring Our Fallen, a program celebrating war heroes who died in combat and offering support to their families.

“A part of every purchase goes to the customer’s choice of charities,” said Timmons general sales manager Rocky Ghahary. “We try to keep it local.”

FOLBA board president Lauren Campbell expressed gratitude on the part of the organization and said that the money would be put to good use. The organization has a notable history of working with the community, beginning in 1998 when their Spay/Neuter Incentive Program (SNIP) was launched, up to the present, when they collected a literal ton of pet food for people having trouble feeding their animals during the pandemic, matched $10,000 in Long Beach Gives donations for the Long Beach Little Paws Project and refurbished and furnished the surgery room and other areas of Fix Long Beach’s newly acquired clinic. FOLBA board member Tom Hanberg said that Timmons’ donation will help introduce new projects like kindergarten and first-grade humane education through the school district, assistance for emergency pet care, and funding for the Bonnie & Dooley program, which helps community members pay adoption fees for selected rescues.

“During COVID time, it’s tough for people, so we do one rescue a month,“ Hanberg said. “So far, we’ve done Long Beach Animal Care ServicesLive Love and Little Lion (The Little Lion Foundation). This month, we’re doing Sparky and the Gang.”

Read More at The Long Beach Post

Two Long Beach nonprofits partner to open new low-cost spay/neuter veterinary clinic

By Kate Karp

Since 2013 Fix Long Beach has been serving area residents with free or low-cost spay/neuter for their pets, vaccinations at a minimal charge and free microchips. Since the all-volunteer organization opened its figurative doors, it’s held mobile clinics in different Long Beach parks and has spayed and neutered over 12,000 cats and dogs and vaccinated and microchipped countless others.

Last summer, Fix Long Beach lead Diana Kliche and Sherri Stankewitz, founder of dog rescue Sparky and the Gang, partnered up and set doggedly to work to open a clinic that had literal doors. With the assistance of a generous grant from Friends of Long Beach Animals to refurbish the building, the two nonprofits took over The Family Vet, a clinic in Central Long Beach, whose owner and lead veterinarian was going into semiretirement. The Family Vet had previously performed a large number of spay/neuter procedures for Long Beach Animal Care Services, so it was all set up for an organization that concentrated its efforts on fixing pets at low cost.

Read the full story in the Long Beach Post

Half Priced Adoption Fees During February from FOLBA

During the month of February, Friends of Long Beach Animals are sponsoring adoption fees at Live Love Animal Rescue in Long Beach.

It’s the perfect time to adopt a pet and make it a little easier on your pocketbook so you can buy a few extra dog toys!

Contact Live Love Animal Rescue for complete details on the program.

This sponsorship program is made possible through the Bonnie & Dooley Adoption Fund.

To Adopt, put your application in now at:

liveloveanimalrescue.org



Here are a few of the dogs that are currently available for adoption at Live Love.

LOOKING FOR A CAT? Stay tuned as we offer our adoption sponsorship at other rescues and shelters throughout the year.

FOLBA Sponsoring Adoption Fees Through Dec 31

What a great time to adopt!  Now through the end of this tumultuous year 2020, Friends of Long Beach Animals will be sponsoring the adoption fees from the Long Beach Shelter, Long Beach Animal Care Services.

That means it’s a great time to bring home that cute puppy or mischievous kitty just in time for the holidays!

You can find an animal that needs a home on our site by clicking Adoptable Animals or by going to the Long Beach Animal Care website.

We only ask that you please remember that an adoptable animal is not a Christmas present, it’s a life long commitment!

 

ATTENTION – LBACS IS OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

To make an appointment to adopt or foster a pet, please email PetAdopt@longbeach.gov or call 562.570.4925.

Appointments may be made during these hours:

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

LBACS is located at 7700 E Spring St, Long Beach, CA 90815.

Tell them FOLBA sent you! 🙂

Donate to FOLBA through Ralphs & Food4Less

Did you know that when you’re doing your everyday grocery shopping you can help support the animals? Friends of Long Beach Animals is a registered non profit in the Kroger – Ralphs – Food4Less Community Rewards program.

That means every time you shop at either store and use your club card or Alt ID, they will donate money to Friends of Long Beach Animals!

If you don’t have an existing Club card, you can sign up here:

Ralphs Rewards Signup
Food4Less Signup

Once you get a card from either store, you can shop at either one. You’ll also get great savings on club card and Rewards items as well!

To select FOLBA as your preferred charity, follow these simple steps:

Ralphs
Food4Less

Not sure how to signup? E-mail us at folbamail@folba.org and we’ll help you out!

To see a screenshot of your digital account and where to find the Community Rewards Signup, see below:

 

 

FOLBA Matches Donations for Little Paws Kitten Nursery

Friends of Long Beach Animals recently supported  The Little Lion Foundation and presented them with FOLBA’s matched donation funds of $10,000 from their successful participation in the Long Beach Gives fundraising event.

FOLBA is proud to support this organization which owns and operates Long Beach’s first ever kitten nursery, the Long Beach Paws Project. To date they have saved the lives of nearly 1,000 kittens! We wish them the best of luck in this upcoming year of dedication to all the little paws of Long Beach.

You can read more about the FOLBA donation and the Little Paws Project in the Long Beach Post.

Lost dog finds new home, the story of Rex

ADOPTION UPDATE! We are happy to report that this sweet dog (Now “Rex”) that was found in Lakewood on July 26th has now been adopted! Thank you to Dr. O’Neill from Bixby Animal Clinic  for giving this lost pup a new forever home! ‍💛😍

Rex was found wandering around Carson street in Lakewood in July.   The entire community, and FOLBA came together to try and find this un-microchipped and un-collared pet’s owner.

After a few weeks with no replies to our reuniting campaign, all those that cared for this dog changed tactics to help him find a new home and what better home could he get than living with a veterinarian!  Best wishes to Rex and his new family!